This is a special Babe Of The Week honor for Sally Ride, the first American woman to take the ride of a lifetime into space, who passed this week at the way too young age of 61. She sadly succumbed to pancreatic cancer after a 17th month battle with the disease.
Talk about a babe with Attitude! Wow. She was incredible!
On June 18, 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space when she blasted off on the Challenger as part of the STS-7 crew, according to NASA. (How brave was SHE?)
She flew her second shuttle mission on October 5, 1984, again aboard the Challenger. That mission, STS-41G, was the first shuttle crew to include two women. (And she did it again!)
After she retired from NASA in 1987, Ride became a member of the faculty of the University of California, San Diego and the California Space Institute, according to a statement posted to Sally Ride Science.
Sally Ride Science, is a science education company she founded in 2001 "dedicated to supporting girls’ and boys’ interests in science, math and technology."
Sally Ride is survived by her partner Tam O’Shaughnessy, as well as her mother, sister, niece and nephew.
Sally...a 'Ride' to Be remembered forever.
We At 'Still A Babe' honor the great babe you were. R.I.P.